Monday, October 17, marks the start of voting for Hand to Hold's second annual Preemie Power photo and essay contest. As of October 16th, entries for the contest have closed. Starting Monday, voters can go online and cast their ballot for inspiring and adorable preemies of all ages.
Hand to Hold, a local non profit support network for parents of preemies, children with special needs, or those who have suffered a loss, created Preemie Power to recognize the little superheroes and all they have overcome despite often unbelievable odds: babies born at 28 weeks, or babies who have spent their first weeks, if not months living in the NICU. Along with the photo and essay contest, Preemie Power also includes a team fundraising contest and a family celebration and NICU reunion to be held on November 13.
Public voting begins October 17 and ends November 1. Finalists from three age categories (0-12 months, 1-5 years, and 6 years and up) will then be chosen to move to the next round. Local celebrity judges will determine the winners based on super hero name, creativity of super hero themed essay or story, and emotional impact.
The preemie with the most overall votes will win the Thundering Thurston award, in honor of last year's Preemie Power winner, Thurston Mossholder.
Kim Pleticha: publisher of Parent:Wise Austin
Annette S. McCormick, MD: pediatrician specializing in neonatal/perinatal medicine with Pediatrix Medical Group
Kasey Matthews: micropreemie mom, blogger, and author of Preemie: A Memoir
Winners of each age group will receive an age appropriate prize package valued at $500, with donations from Austin's Park, Baby Blanket Music, Brooke West Photography, Carousel Designs, Kokopax, Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop, Pediped, and more.
Visit the Preemie Power Photo Contest today to start casting your vote! Voters can cast votes each day until November 1, and no personal information is required to vote.
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